What's to Know About Legionnaire Disease?

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Legionnaire disease is a very serious kind of pneumonia. It's lung inflammation caused by a bacterium called legionella. You get the disease not from daily contact with people, but from inhaling the bacteria or touching contaminated soil. Symptoms include:
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Pain in muscles
  • Pain in chest
  • Chills
  • Vomiting
Pontiac fever is a mild form of this disease. It usually clears after a couple of days. Prevention:
  • Don't smoke
  • Disinfection of pools, spas and water systems
  • Keeping your surrounding very clean
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